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China may deliver 45% emissions reduction target by 2020, according to its latest projections

China may deliver 45% emissions reduction target by 2020, according to its latest projections | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"For the first time, China has presented greenhouse gas emissions projections that, if accurate, would deliver a reduction in emissions of 4.5 GtCO2 in 2020 below a hypothetical scenario without any policies after 2005, to meet its pledge of a 45% reduction in emissions intensity."


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Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind

Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Earth is a chemical battery where, over evolutionary time with a trickle-charge of photosynthesis using solar energy, billions of tons of living biomass were stored in forests and other ecosystems and in vast reserves of fossil fuels. In just the last few hundred years, humans extracted exploitable energy from these living and fossilized biomass fuels to build the modern industrial-technological-informational economy, to grow our population to more than 7 billion, and to transform the biogeochemical cycles and biodiversity of the earth. This rapid discharge of the earth’s store of organic energy fuels the human domination of the biosphere, including conversion of natural habitats to agricultural fields and the resulting loss of native species, emission of carbon dioxide and the resulting climate and sea level change, and use of supplemental nuclear, hydro, wind, and solar energy sources. The laws of thermodynamics governing the trickle-charge and rapid discharge of the earth’s battery are universal and absolute; the earth is only temporarily poised a quantifiable distance from the thermodynamic equilibrium of outer space. Although this distance from equilibrium is comprised of all energy types, most critical for humans is the store of living biomass. With the rapid depletion of this chemical energy, the earth is shifting back toward the inhospitable equilibrium of outer space with fundamental ramifications for the biosphere and humanity. Because there is no substitute or replacement energy for living biomass, the remaining distance from equilibrium that will be required to support human life is unknown.

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See Which States Use Coal the Most as New Climate Rules Loom

See Which States Use Coal the Most as New Climate Rules Loom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the Clean Power Plan aims to tamp down emissions from the nation's power plants, coal-dependent states face big decisions.
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Country club golf course plans sewer plant as newer fix for grass water woes

Country club golf course plans sewer plant as newer fix for grass water woes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Diablo Country Club tees up plans pioneering recycling project to secure its water future
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RENEWABLE ENERGY: 'Empathy,' not incentives or environmentalism, sells solar power in India

RENEWABLE ENERGY: 'Empathy,' not incentives or environmentalism, sells solar power in India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The market for off-the-grid solar products in India is heating up, with no incentive but profits.
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California Has a Plan to End the Auto Industry as We Know It

California Has a Plan to End the Auto Industry as We Know It | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Mary Nichols, the California regulator who showed the world how to clean up smog, is pushing for all cars to be electric.
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Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb

Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In 1968, Paul Ehrlich released his ground-breaking book The Population Bomb, which awoke the national consciousness to the collision-course world population growth is on with our planet's finite r
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Basu: Why climate change is a woman’s issue

Basu: Why climate change is a woman’s issue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Empowerment connects to the environment.

As extreme climate events dominate the news, the impact from landslides, hurricanes and floods is felt most heavily in the developing world. And as the ones most often responsible for farming and feeding families, women have a special stake. When there is less food, they are expected to go without, yet they are often denied input into how the land is used.

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Bill Nye Reading Mean Tweets Says Everything About Climate Change Deniers

Bill Nye Reading Mean Tweets Says Everything About Climate Change Deniers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Science Guy has a lot of haters.
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Apple, Goldman Among Firms in $140 Billion Climate Pledge

Apple, Goldman Among Firms in $140 Billion Climate Pledge | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The commitments are being announced as President Obama is looking to build momentum toward a legacy-defining global climate accord in Paris.
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Alaska’s terrifying wildfire season and what it says about climate change

Alaska’s terrifying wildfire season and what it says about climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The fires are just the latest indicator of a climatic transformation that is remaking the state — its forests, its coasts, its glaciers, and perhaps most of all, the frozen ground beneath — more than any other in America.
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As we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen

As we prepare for the UN climate talks, a look at what’s changed since Copenhagen | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Is the world better suited for an agreement than it was in 2009?
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ARCTIC: Shell starts work on first well in Chukchi Sea

ARCTIC: Shell starts work on first well in Chukchi Sea | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Royal Dutch Shell PLC began drilling in the American Arctic yesterday evening, shortly after the company's icebreaker, MSV Fennica, left a Portland, Ore., repair dock where it has been delayed by Greenpeace protesters.
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Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion : Greentech Media

Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion : Greentech Media | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Energy Gang looks at the factors contributing to coal’s demise.
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#drylandsCA - The difference between knowing something and...

#drylandsCA - The difference between knowing something and... | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The lake is at 33% capacity, and photos of Oroville’s drop have been published for years. But, still, that first glimpse: My eyes traveled from the treeline down-down-down burnt-orange cliffs and finally to the water. The houseboats crowded on the narrowed lake looked like they were cars in a choo-choo train.

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ENERGY POLICY: Crude export ban emerges as bargaining chip for wind, solar

ENERGY POLICY: Crude export ban emerges as bargaining chip for wind, solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Senators skeptical of lifting the 40-year-old ban on crude exports signaled a willingness yesterday to negotiate if they're offered language to extend tax incentives for wind and solar generators.
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Ted Cruz expresses 'full out denial' of global warming during forum

Ted Cruz expresses 'full out denial' of global warming during forum | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Republican presidential candidate said the debate was a device used by liberals to appease ‘environmentalist billionaires and their campaign donations’
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Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts…
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Health gains lost to climate change | The Japan Times

Health gains lost to climate change | The Japan Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
All of the impressive scientific and medical gains of modern civilization are in danger of being lost because of the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
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Atlantis awaits: melting ice and rising water for coastal cities

Atlantis awaits: melting ice and rising water for coastal cities | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Our civilization is built on coastlines. Oceans were the first grocery stores, providing easy protein for early humans who learned to fish and gather shellfish and seaweed. Oceans were the first highways, enabling early exploration, commerce and migration. Oceans remain vital sources of food and trade, even as societies have grown and advanced. That's why three-fourths of the world's major cities are located on coasts.
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Salt water increasingly attacks Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Salt water increasingly attacks Vietnam’s Mekong Delta | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s biggest granary, home to a widespread network of rivers and canals, has been threatened by the rising level of salt water flowing into rice fields and farms.

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Where the GOP candidates stand on global warming - The Boston Globe

Where the GOP candidates stand on global warming - The Boston Globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Most of the 17 Republicans running for president are skeptical about climate change caused by humans.
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40 percent of adults on Earth have never heard of climate change

40 percent of adults on Earth have never heard of climate change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Worldwide, levels of education are a top factor predicting how people think about climate change.
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Climate models are even more accurate than you thought | Dana Nuccitelli

Climate models are even more accurate than you thought | Dana Nuccitelli | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Dana Nuccitelli: The difference between modeled and observed global surface temperature changes is 38% smaller than previously thought
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Major Environmental Group Endorses Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Bid

Major Environmental Group Endorses Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Bid | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Friends of the Earth Action endorsed Sanders in New Hampshire.
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